>>>Uny, if you're reading this, I'd love to know whether you make any ointments or salves for pain.<<<
Oh yes, oh yes, OH YES! (but it's not an ointment or a salve). It's called Deep Tissue Repair Oil, and it's absolutely fantastic! It's a wonderful blend (Dr. Schulzes originally), and here's a link for reading all about it's synergy:
(I'd give anything to have the knowledge & equipment to test "vibrational frequencies", because the Deep Tissue Oil is one that resonates VERY strongly with me as harmonizing beautifully with the "holiest" --is that the right word?-- and most high/spiritual goodness).
For the last few weeks we've been doing a lot of experimenting, testing (and experimenting joyfully!). As of now, we only create/offer herbal oils...(Method: all are organic coconut oil base - started & pressed with the moon cycle. We mix the herbs & oil and put the jar in the dehydrator at 85-90 degrees F for 3-5 days, then we pour the contents into our trusty Vita Mix after the herbs are softened and swollen by the oil, and macerate them thoroughly...to make sure ALL of the herbal goodness in each lil' fiber can reach the oil. Then, we put the jars back in the dehydrator and allow them to 'tincture' for at least two weeks - shaking them several times daily. Then we press what we'll need until the next moon cycle and leave the herbs in the oil to continue imbueing their goodness until the next time we press)...but even though these oils ar very saturated/powerful, there are many people that just won't mess with them (because they're so "oily-messy"). Hence, we've been working on creating salve-oil blends.
I didn't really want to 'go here', because with the addition of beeswax (even with all it's wonderful properties) it means that the herbal oils will be less strong (since they'll be 'diluted' by the beeswax). And of course, adding an extra step and an extra product, means the salves will have to be more expensive than the oils (even though they won't be as 'herbally saturated' oils). But, even Dr. Christopher made his 'oils' into salves (adding either beeswax or pig lard)...so maybe he knew what we're just learning (that most people just won't use an oil because it's too messy and takes too much time to 'massage in', but they will use a salve). So we've taken our 'Skin Restore Oil' (major-good for wrinkles!) and successfully made it into a Salve-Oil; and I've created a fantastic Skin Moisturizer & Protectant (with coconut oil, beeswax, castor oil, with added -gentle amounts- of essential oil of Tea Tree and Clove bud). It is moisturizing, emollient (softening), healing and protecting...plus it's antifungal & antibacterial (but NOT harsh in any way). Next we'll be using the BF&C and B&B oils to create their counterpart Salve-Oils.
Btw, I choose coconut oil rather than olive oil as the 'base oil' for many reasons. All cold-pressed/natural oils have a limited shelf life (olive oil's is around 1 year, maybe a bit longer), but cold-pressed/natural coconut oil is stable for 5 or more years...even at room temperature! Plus coconut oil has all kinds of benefits for the skin that olive oil doesn't have (including being gently antimicrobial, antibacterial/fungal...which is great because the oil/salve won't develop any kind of "overgrowth"). YAY.
Lol, ask a simple question, get a novel in return :) I just get all excited about herbs and their infinite possibilities and healing goodness!
Healthiest of blessings,